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Re: HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2012, 15:47:17 »
http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/r_n_gunboats.htm

She was a 5 gun screw vessel of the Philomel Class according to this.

(It's a great site isn't it?!)

That is a great site, and looking at the picture of one of her sister ships, this class looks much bigger than I'd imagined for a ship of only 5 guns!

According to that site she was broken up in 1881.
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Re: HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012, 23:51:19 »
Not the same HMS Torch, but an interesting coincedence, I found this:-

HMS Torch 1894 built Sheerness, an Alert Class steam sloop. Sold to N.Zealand 1917, used as a training vessel, renamed HMs Firebrand. Sold again 1920, converted to a refrigerated ship for use in the fishing trade, wrecked on Chatham Island 1926. She went the long way, halfway round the world to get from Sheerness to Chatham!

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Re: HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2012, 23:11:05 »
Thanks, it makes sense now.
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Re: HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2012, 22:55:37 »
http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/r_n_gunboats.htm

She was a 5 gun screw vessel of the Philomel Class according to this.

(It's a great site isn't it?!)

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HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 22:51:08 »
I think it refers to the number of guns as in the same paper Arethusa is a 50 and Powerful is 84 (and these do match the numbers of guns for these vessels). So Torch was only a tiddler it seems.
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Re: HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 22:44:23 »
I take it that the 5 is a serial number, as for HMS Powerful. If so what is a screw gun, please?
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HMS Torch, In service 1860-81
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 22:36:14 »
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 10 April 1860

CHATHAM.
The Torch, 5, screw gun vessel, having been completed at Chatham dockyard, has been undocked, and is preparing for her trial trip to test her machinery, after which she will join the steam reserve.


(Another one for HERB COLLECTOR's list as it doesn't appear on the link he gave for Chatham built ships in the 'Ships built in Kent' thread)
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